Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Favourites - Your Favourite Book Is?

Friday Favourites - a chance to rave about a favourite reading/book related topic each week.

This is the first of a year's worth of Friday Favourite posts. As of today, I have enough topics listed to get this started.

Sometimes you just want a chance to rave about some favourite aspect of reading that doesn't really come up during regular blogging posts - that's what this is about. I'm willing to bet that at least some of those will come up one week or another.

This week, I'm wondering what your all-time favourite book is.

Leave a link to your response in the comments (I have yet to figure out the various linking tools out there), or the response itself, please, if you're so inclined.

For myself, the answer is easy. The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

There's so many layers of detail and meaning that every time I read the book, I notice something new, and I can always drop into the story, no matter where I pick it up from this time. Tolkien was such a genius with words and description. Sometimes when I've read the books it's been the Old English that really jumped out at me, other times its the use of various older and archaic words, most of which I can figure out from context. But then, there's the times when I'm reading something else and there'll be a definition (usually for a medieval meaning) that just makes something Tolkien wrote seem even clearer.

Tolkien's love of language shows through in every word, each just as carefully chosen as the others. All of the drafts we have in the History Of Middle-Earth series shows that. Maybe that's part of my love for the Lord of the Rings. It's the only book I know of where we have such a clear picture of the evolution of Tolkien's writing and the labours that made up his wonderful world of Middle-Earth. For me at least, I think that just heightens my appreciation.

What's your favourite book?
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